Francesco Castellacci

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Francesco Castellacci
Nationality Italy Italian
Born (1987-04-04) April 4, 1987 (age 27)
Rome (Italy)
2014 FIA GT1 World Championship
Debut season 2012
Current team AF Corse
Starts 18
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 14th in 2012
Previous series
2011
20080910
2007
2005–06
FIA GT3 European Championship
Italian Formula Three
British Formula Three
Formula Azzurra
Championship titles
2011 FIA GT3 European Championship

Francesco Castellacci (born April 4, 1987 in Rome) is a professional racing driver from Italy. Francesco studied at Marymount International School, Rome and Universita' Bocconi before starting his career as a pilot.

Together with Federico Leo, he won the drivers title of the 2011 FIA GT3 European Championship, driving a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3.

Career[edit]

Formula Azzurra[edit]

Castellacci began his single-seater career in late 2005, racing in the Formula Azzurra Winter Trophy. In the series' four races, all held at Adria International Raceway, he achieved two podium places to be classified in third place. In 2006, he entered the full Formula Azzurra championship, scoring 24 points to finish eighth in the final standings.[1]

Formula Three[edit]

In late 2006, Castellacci tested a Formula Three car for the first time, driving for the British team Hitech Racing at Rockingham Motor Speedway. In 2007, he took part in the full British Formula Three Championship season, racing alongside Australian driver John Martin at Alan Docking Racing.[2] Castellacci failed to score a point in the 22 races he competed in, with his best result coming in the first race at Donington Park, where he finished in fifteenth position. He also took part in the Masters of Formula 3 race held at Zolder, finishing in 26th place.

The following year, Castellacci returned to his native Italy to compete in the Italian Formula Three Championship for Lucidi Motors.[3] He finished the season fourth overall, taking six podium places along with a double pole position at the Monza round. The title was won by his team-mate Mirko Bortolotti.[4]

Castellacci continued in the series for 2009, switching teams to join Prema Powerteam.[5] He finished in the points on eleven occasions and took a single podium position at Misano to be classified in eighth place overall. During the year, he once again took part in the Masters of Formula Three event, this time racing for Manor Motorsport. He finished the race in 30th place.[6]

Porsche Supercup[edit]

In June 2010, Castellacci made his debut in the Porsche Supercup round at the Valencia Street Circuit, finishing in 17th position. He is also due to contest the rounds at Silverstone, Hungaroring and Monza later in the season.[7]

A month earlier, he also made his debut in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany at Valencia's Circuit Ricardo Tormo, finishing in 14th place.[7]

Other Series[edit]

In October 2009, Castellacci sampled a GP2 car for the first time during the first post-season test at Jerez. Driving for the Italian Durango team, he completed 107 laps during the course of the three day test, recording a best time of 1:27.615 on the final day of running.[8]

Castellacci also took part in Formula Renault 3.5 Series testing during October and November 2009, driving cars for Draco Racing, Interwetten.com Racing and Prema Powerteam.[9]

For 2011, Castellacci raced in the FIA GT3 European Championship with AF Corse, sharing a Ferrari 458 with fellow Italian driver Federico Leo. The duo won the drivers' title at the final round of the season in Zandvoort.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Formula Azzurra – Winter Trophy Team Europa Corse 4 0 1 0 2  ? 3rd
2006 Formula Azzurra Team Federkarting 14 0 0 0 0 24 8th
2007 British Formula Three Championship Alan Docking Racing 22 0 0 0 0 0 22nd
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 26th
2008 Italian Formula Three Championship Lucidi Motors 16 0 2 0 6 57 4th
2009 Italian Formula Three Championship Prema Powerteam 16 0 0 0 1 64 8th
Masters of Formula 3 Manor Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 30th
2010 Italian Formula Three Championship RC Motorsport 12 0 0 0 0 6 18th
Italian GT Championship (GT Cup class) Petri Corse Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 1 60th
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany MRS Team 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Schnabl Engineering Parker Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A† NC†
Sanitec Giltrap Racing 2 0 0 0 0
2011 FIA GT3 European Championship AF Corse 12 1 3 0 4 111 1st

† - As Castellacci is a guest driver, he is ineligible to score points.

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2012 AF Corse Ferrari NOG
QR

10
NOG
CR

5
ZOL
QR

7
ZOL
CR

11
NAV
QR

13
NAV
QR

11
SVK
QR

12
SVK
CR

9
ALG
QR

11
ALG
CR

7
SVK
QR

10
SVK
CR

Ret
MOS
QR

8
MOS
CR

6
NUR
QR

10
NUR
CR

7
DON
QR

7
DON
CR

5
14th 42

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Formula Azzurra 2006". driverdb.com (Driver Database). Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  2. ^ "Italian joins ADR line-up". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2007-02-12. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  3. ^ "Lucidi Motors ready for the new season". f3italia.it. 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Formula 3 Italia 2008". driverdb.com (Driver Database). Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  5. ^ "Prema signs Francesco Castellacci for the Formula 3 Italia". f3italia.it. 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Zandvoort Masters: Valtteri Bottas takes win". ItaliaRacing.net (Inpagina). 2009-06-14. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  7. ^ a b Wilkinson, Andy (2010-06-17). "Castellacci to make Supercup debut". motorstv.com (Motors TV). Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  8. ^ English, Steven (2009-10-08). "Ericsson fastest, Loeb slowest at Jerez". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  9. ^ "Draco Team in Barcelona with Castellacci, Garcia and Berthon the 3-4 November". dracoracing.com (International DracoRacing). 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Christian Hohenadel
Daniel Keilwitz
FIA GT3 European Champion
2011
with: Federico Leo
Succeeded by
Dominik Baumann
Maximilian Bühk